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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Independents for Responsible Government (formerly Independent Tea Party Patriots)

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 4 John Moolenaar Republican 67%
MI State House 2 Alberta Tinsley-Talabi Democratic 8%
MI State House 9 Harvey Santana Democratic 15%
MI State House 14 Paul Clemente Democratic 17%
MI State House 15 George Darany Democratic 17%
MI State House 20 Kurt Heise Republican 74%
MI State House 23 Pat Somerville Republican 86%
MI State House 24 Anthony Forlini Republican 71%
MI State House 26 Jim Townsend Democratic 14%
MI State House 30 Jeff Farrington Republican 76%
MI State House 31 Marilyn Lane Democratic 24%
MI State House 32 Andrea LaFontaine Republican 74%
MI State House 33 Ken Goike Republican 81%
MI State House 46 Bradford Jacobsen Republican 74%
MI State House 50 Charles Smiley Democratic 11%
MI State House 53 Jeff Irwin Democratic 12%
MI State House 54 David Rutledge Democratic 17%
MI State House 57 Nancy Jenkins Republican 74%
MI State House 64 Earl Poleski Republican 76%
MI State House 66 Aric Nesbitt Republican 86%
MI State House 70 Rick Outman Republican 74%
MI State House 72 Ken Yonker Republican 67%
MI State House 77 Thomas Hooker Republican 85%
MI State House 79 Al Pscholka Republican 79%
MI State House 83 Paul Muxlow Republican 64%
MI State House 85 Ben Glardon Republican 74%
MI State House 86 Lisa Lyons Republican 74%
MI State House 87 Michael Callton Republican 67%
MI State House 89 Amanda Price Republican 74%
MI State House 91 Holly Hughes Republican 69%
MI State House 92 Marcia Hovey-Wright Democratic 12%
MI State House 96 Charles Brunner Democratic 17%
MI State House 97 Joel Johnson Republican 86%
MI State House 99 Kevin Cotter Republican 76%
MI State House 100 Jon Bumstead Republican 81%
MI State House 101 Ray Franz Republican 88%
MI State House 102 Phil Potvin Republican 71%
MI State House 103 Bruce Rendon Republican 71%
MI State House 106 Peter Pettalia Republican 67%
MI State House 108 Ed McBroom Republican 55%
MI State Senate 1 Coleman Young II Democratic 11%
MI State Senate 2 Bert Johnson Democratic 17%
MI State Senate 3 Morris Hood III Democratic 13%
MI State Senate 6 Hoon-Yung Hopgood Democratic 11%
MI State Senate 7 Patrick Colbeck Republican 70%
MI State Senate 8 Jack Brandenburg Republican 64%
MI State Senate 9 Steven Bieda Democratic 11%
MI State Senate 10 Tory Rocca Republican 42%
MI State Senate 11 Vincent Gregory Democratic 14%
MI State Senate 12 James Marleau Republican 60%
MI State Senate 13 Martin Knollenberg Republican 76%
MI State Senate 14 Dave Robertson Republican 69%
MI State Senate 15 Mike Kowall Republican 59%
MI State Senate 16 Mike Shirkey Republican 81%
MI State Senate 17 Dale Zorn Republican 67%
MI State Senate 18 Rebekah Warren Democratic 13%
MI State Senate 19 Michael Nofs Republican 44%
MI State Senate 20 Margaret O'Brien Republican 69%
MI State Senate 21 John Proos IV Republican 67%
MI State Senate 22 Joe Hune Republican 73%
MI State Senate 24 Rick Jones Republican 38%
MI State Senate 25 Phil Pavlov Republican 63%
MI State Senate 26 Tonya Schuitmaker Republican 59%
MI State Senate 27 Jim Ananich Democratic 12%
MI State Senate 28 Peter MacGregor Republican 74%
MI State Senate 29 Dave Hildenbrand Republican 55%
MI State Senate 30 Arlan Meekhof Republican 64%
MI State Senate 31 Mike Green Republican 62%
MI State Senate 32 Kenneth Horn Republican 69%
MI State Senate 33 Judy Emmons Republican 60%
MI State Senate 34 Goeff Hansen Republican 50%
MI State Senate 35 Darwin Booher Republican 58%
MI State Senate 36 Jim Stamas Republican 69%
MI State Senate 37 Wayne Schmidt Republican 64%
MI State Senate 38 Tom Casperson Republican 45%
MI Council Member At-Large Bob Constan 21%
MI Council Member At-Large Mark Meadows Democratic 14%
MI Commissioner 4 Bruce Caswell No Party Affiliation 47%
MI Commissioner 6 Eileen Kowall Republican 74%
MI Commissioner 9 Hugh Crawford Republican 76%
MI Commissioner 12 Glen Anderson No Party Affiliation 33%
Dave Agema 93%
Glenn Anderson 18%
Vicki Barnett 14%
Joan Bauer 17%
Timothy Bledsoe 15%
Jase Bolger 69%
Lisa Brown 21%
Barbara Byrum 10%
Philip Cavanagh 14%
Kevin Daley 74%
Kurt Damrow 73%
Cynthia Denby 76%
Brandon Dillon 17%
Fred Durhal, Jr. 10%
Stacy Erwin Oakes 12%
Frank Foster 69%
Douglas Geiss 17%
Bob Genetski 85%
Judson Gilbert II 69%
John Gleason 16%
Gail Haines 76%
Richard Hammel 18%
Harold Haugh 28%
Joseph Haveman 69%
Rudy Hobbs 12%
Lisa Howze 8%
Tupac Hunter 18%
Matt Huuki 76%
Shanelle Jackson 24%
Mark Jansen 64%
Roger Kahn 50%
Andrew Kandrevas 12%
Kenneth Kurtz 74%
Steven Lindberg 7%
Ellen Lipton 12%
Lesia Liss 17%
Matt Lori 65%
Pete Lund 74%
Greg MacMaster 83%
Sean McCann 12%
Tom McMillin 93%
Tim Melton 50%
Chuck Moss 74%
David Nathan 15%
Rick Olson 78%
John Olumba 15%
Paul Opsommer 76%
Mark Ouimet 76%
John Pappageorge 59%
Randy Richardville 60%
Bill Rogers 74%
Roy Schmidt 27%
Paul Scott 77%
Kate Segal 15%
Deb Shaughnessy 72%
Dian Slavens 19%
Virgil Smith, Jr. 13%
Thomas Stallworth III 8%
Woodrow Stanley 12%
Maureen Stapleton 19%
Jonathan Switalski 18%
Rashida Tlaib 12%
Sharon Tyler 69%
Howard Walker 64%
John Walsh 68%
Gretchen Whitmer 16%
Jimmy Womack 12%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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